By Taryn Elder
When you spend as much time on the road as our Aussie cricketers, you’re bound to form some pretty strong bonds with fellow team members along the way.
Cue the term bromance, a word that in recent times has redefined the bonds of male friendship in this modern era. Just like the movie Oldschool.....
From breakfast dates, to practical jokes and some hilarious Twitter banter. The term bromance encompasses many endearing traits, and our Australian cricketers certainly don’t shy away from showing the love to their teammates.
To celebrate the bonds of mateship we’ve rounded up some of the best bromances in the world of Australian cricket, featuring a number of our Aussie and Big Bash League players.
Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns & David Warner,
When it comes to bromance, the force is strong with these three. From strolling the red carpet together, to hilarious tongue in cheek banter on their social feeds, these guys have it dialled when it comes to bromance 101.
Burns was Warner’s plus one for the Allan Border Medal earlier his year. His wife Candice giving Warner the thumbs up to take Burns whilst she was at home with their newborn baby.
And when Warner stepped up to collect the big award on the night, Burns was on hand to offer his support from the crowd. It’s like Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez at The Grammys all over.
Burns also stepped in to play Usman Khawaja’s offsider during the official player Christmas photo shoot. While most other Aussie players posed for typical Christmas like photos with their partners and kids, these two hammed it up for the camera in the best possible way.
Like the quote from the movie, The Hangover. These guys really are, “the three best friends that anyone could have.”
Chris Green & Fawad Ahmed
These guys define the term bromance. The roomies on tour, are practically inseparable. Posting numerous photos to their Instagram and Twitter accounts of their budding friendship.
Despite a 12 year age gap, these guys actually have a lot in common. Both are spin bowlers, or ‘spin twins’ as they often refer to themselves and were also both born overseas, Green is from South Africa and Ahmed was born in Pakistan, receiving Australian citizenship in 2013.
Peter Siddle (Sids) & Mitchell Johnson
Despite the fact that Mitchell Johnson has retired from international cricket, his friendship with Peter Siddle remains unchanged. Johnson was a big support pillar for Sids when he made his debut with the Australian team and the two have been close ever since.
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They’ve shared some great memories on tour and when Johnson retired from cricket late last year, Sids posted this emotional photo and accompanying caption to his Instagram account.
When you told me you were retiring brother, I was upset. You were there on my debut and have been there for me ever since! I've always admired how you go about your cricket. Your work ethic is admirable and you are an amazing role model, which is why you are one of the greats. Congratulations on an amazing career braz, we are not team-mates anymore but we will be mates forever! It's been an honour and a privilege to play cricket alongside you. We've shared some incredible times and we will always have some incredible memories. Thanks for everything! @mitchjohnson398 #Legend #MitchellJohnson #Mate #Inspiration #398
If that isn’t bromance, I don’t know what is.
James Faulkner & Kevin Pietersen (KP)
He was the hot-headed Englishmen who came into enemy territory, luckily walking away unscathed. Yes, it seems former international English cricketer Kevin Pietersen was an unlikely recruit for the Big Bash League in Australia. However, he proved a valuable addition to the Melbourne Stars team during the 4th season (BBL04) and was again invited back to play this past season in BBL05.
When he first arrived in Australia teammate James Faulkner wasn’t a fan, openly telling Pietersen that he didn’t really like him. This video provides a pretty good summary of how they felt about each other.
And although their exchanges on Twitter and Instagram look heated from the outside, in reality their actions actually translate into "I love you man" when it comes to the bromance code of ethics.
Mitch Starc & Matt Toomua
Although these two guys play completely different sporting codes (Mitch Starc is an Australian cricketer and Toomua is a professional rugby player with the Wallabies), they are definitely your modern day example of bromance at it’s finest.
From watching the cricket together, to strolling red carpets at the AB Medal, plus some 'friendly' banter on Instagram, these guys aren’t afraid to show that bromance is alive and kicking.
So what’s the connection, where did this bromance begin? Well, Starc is engaged to Aussie female cricketer Alyssa Healy, who is besties with Southern Stars teammate Ellyse Perry... still with me? Perry is married to Toomua, so no doubt what started out as a somewhat forced friendship between Starc and Toomua, has actually blossomed into a full-fledged bromance, with Perry and Healy even noticing the admiration they share for each other.